Nine Ways to Prepare Your Garden for Autumn

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As the weather turns cooler, Brits are advised to start to get a plan in place for their gardens for autumn

According to shed specialists, Garden Buildings Direct simple mistakes in the garden by beginner gardeners could prove more work in the long run. So, before the leaves turn autumnal, follow these 9 definitive rules.

Net the pond

If you’re fortunate enough to have a pond, cover it with a net. Forget and you’ll be fishing out soggy plants all winter.

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Cut the lawn

Remember – your lawn will need a really good cut before the cold and wet weather sets in. If you let the grass get too long, it will be near impossible to cut it over the winter.

Clean and clear

Just as you would spring clean your house, don’t forget to autumn clean your garden. Cut back plants and clear out the shed and greenhouse before you store everything for winter.

It is also a good time to pressure wash the patio or scrub down the decking. This will stop excessive dirt and grime build up occurring over the wet winter months.

Don’t let leaves build up

Leaves are public enemy number one so as they start to fall from the trees, don’t let them build up. If you do, they’ll soon turn to mulch and become slippery and dangerous.

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Plant spring bulbs

If you like the sight of daffodils and tulips in the spring then remember to plant them in September/October.

Protect your pots

Store both your empty and in-use pots correctly over the winter months. Insulate with either hay, cardboard or bubble wrap and make sure you raise all in-use pots off the ground to prevent them from getting waterlogged during rainy weather.

Protect your plants

The first frost of the year can arrive without any warning and can kill your favourite foliage. If you have any plants you know are susceptible to cold weather, get them in the greenhouse or in your conservatory.

Clear away garden items

Don’t forget to pack away any garden items that may get damaged by the cold weather. If your furniture or BBQ won’t fit in the shed, make sure they’re covered up properly.

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Don’t forget the wildlife

Don’t forget about any wildlife that visits your garden. Make sure you leave out seeds for the birds and any suitable leftovers.


A spokesperson for Garden Buildings Direct said: “As soon as the nice weather disappears, and the chilly days and dark evenings set in, people start to neglect their gardens.

Autumn is one of the most important times of the year for gardening – it’s the time to get the garden tidied up ready for the chilly months and to do all those little jobs to make sure plants and garden features remain in good condition.

As it gets colder it’s too easy to put the jobs off – but it really is worth investing the time so when Spring finally puts in an appearance, you’re ready to enjoy your outside space.”

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Karlie Simmonds

Karlie has worked in Digital Media for over 10 years, she is passionate about health and wellbeing and lives in Edinburgh with her partner, children, and Pug, Poppy.